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Hundreds Accuse Massage Envy Of Enabling Sexual Assault

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Hundreds of women say they were sexually assaulted by Massage Envy massage therapists.

According to BuzzFeed News, more than 180 women say they were sexual assaulted at various Massage Envy locations across the nation. Lawyers say it is likely even more women have been assaulted.

Many say the chain refused to help them when they reported the assaults.

Pennsylvania woman Susan Ingram says massage therapist James Deiter put his fingers inside of her vagina, groped her, and placed his erect penis against Ingram's body in May 2015.

She was shocked when the manager, known only as Nicole, refused to help.

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"I said to her, 'Nicole, he stuck his fingers in my vagina less than an hour ago,'" she later recalled in court, adding that she begged Nicole to get Deiter's current client out of the massage room quickly.

"She said she could not do that, and she invited me in to talk about my services," Ingram said.

Ingram contacted police and it was eventually revealed she was one of many Deiter has assaulted. Massage Envy also did not help those women when they reported the crime.

"Massage Envy is a partner in crime," Ingram said. "They had every opportunity, on multiple occasions, to remove him from his position, and they chose not to."

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Further investigations revealed this to be a widespread problem.

Over 100 women nationwide reported massage therapists groped their genitals, groped their breasts, and more.

One Oregon woman said her massage therapist pushed his fist into her vagina and ejaculated in her face, while a pregnant California woman said her therapist sucked on her nipples.

But when the alleged victims complained, they, too, experienced what Ingram did.

"The way that Massage Envy has treated me," Danielle Dick, a Virginia woman who says she was also assaulted, "clearly indicates a company that issues statements saying the right things to protect its corporate brand, but is unwilling to do anything to support victims of assault."

Massage Envy's corporate office told Fox News they were saddened to hear the stories, but insisted these incidents represent a small portion of the company’s millions of massages.

"Each of these incidents is heartbreaking for us and for the franchisees that operate Massage Envy locations, and we will never stop looking for ways to help our franchisees provide a safe environment at Massage Envy franchise locations," said the company.

"The article references 180 reported incidents. These occurred over a span of 15 plus years and 125 million massages. But, we believe that even ONE incident is too many, so we are constantly listening, learning, and evaluating how we can continue to strengthen our policies with respect to handling of these issues."

Sources: BuzzFeed News, Fox News / Featured Image: Thomas Wanhoff/Flickr / Embedded Images: Nick Webb/Flickr, borediq/Flickr

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